Sunday, November 19, 2017

Upside Down Gingerbread Pear Cake (AIP, dairy-free, gluten-free)

Once again, my attempt to make AIP desserts. When it comes to cakes and pastries, I haven't found one that has the texture I like. This one turned out good in flavor but grainy and didn't rise like a cake. The cake looked beautiful though and I'll probably try a regular version (with flour and eggs). Appreciate the friends and hubby who were willing to try it with me. It didn't go to waste. :)

Pigs in a Pillow (AIP)

We had another wonderful night hosting friends. They were willing participants in my AIP recipe adventures. I'm still not a fan of the textures of some of the recipes, but I improve with time. This one, however, was the perfect alternative to the Bisquick/doughy version. You can eat this all night and not feel sluggish or bloated. It was 99% AIP because some of the spices used in the sausage are not part of the Auto-Immune Paleo diet (pepper, red pepper flakes in the German sausage). I used a combination of German Sausage and Italian and just added maple syrup and herbs de provence. They went really well with stuffed mushrooms and sweet potato fries.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

German Skillet with Mustard Cream Sauce

After processing our hogs, I ended up with quite a bit of ground German sausage. It's the first time I've ever really used it in cooking so I'll be trying various Pinterest recipes for the next few months. The hubby would say, "you don't have to keep looking, just make this one over and over." He ended up eating 2 big bowls of it last night and again for breakfast this morning. Hehe. 

I did make a few adjustments. One of my most favorite attachments for my KitchenAid stand mixer is the Dicer/Slicer. It makes perfect little potato cubes (which makes it faster to cook and easier to eat). I first cooked the sausage in a pot with onions and garlic then added the potatoes with some chicken broth. After allowing that to cook for about 30 minutes, I added the sauerkraut, brown mustard and regular milk for another 15 minutes. Finally I added the heavy cream and cooked 15 more minutes. No salt needed due to the sauerkraut, chicken broth and sausage, but I did add some black pepper and white vinegar for extra kick. [German sausage has red pepper flakes so it was plenty spicy, but not too much--perfect for the hubby and me.]

Monday, November 13, 2017

Pineapple Mango "Ice Cream" (AIP, gluten-free; dairy free)

This was super easy and delicious! During the summer, the hubby bought a bunch of pineapples and mangos when they were on sale. I pureed and froze it until I could decide what to do with it. Recently I've had couple of friends that are wanting to follow the Auto-Immune Paleo diet, so the hardest part is finding desserts since I'm used to traditional farm baking (with wheat flour in everything). The great thing about this one is that it makes great popcicles too (which the hubby eats every other day). :) For this recipe, taste it before adding the maple syrup. I added some to this one because I wanted more of a sweetened ice cream taste, but for smoothies, you would likely want to omit the syrup.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Stovetop Biscuits with Sausage Gravy

Finally got a chance to try our breakfast sausage. It's also the first time I've ever made biscuits and gravy from scratch. The hubby raved about it, literally stating "that's the best b&g I've ever had; we grow some tasty hogs". This particular recipe was fun to make because it can all be done on the stovetop. It's definitely going in my file of camping recipes. Drop biscuits are so much faster-the tricky part is getting the temperature right. I cut he recipe in half since it was just the 2 of us.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Cheeseburger Casserole (Tex Mex style)

Tonight we had several avocados that needed to get used. I had a package of ground yak meat as well, so I literally typed "hamburger and avocados" in Pinterest and this is what I chose mostly because the picture looked like what I wanted. I made a lot of changes though to fit what I was in the mood for:
1. The "green" in the picture became avocados instead of pickle; diced the avocado and tomatoes and soaked them in lemon and lime juice before adding them to the pot.
2. Added fajita seasoning to the yak and cooked a yellow onion (from our garden) with it
3. No tomato paste
4. No dijon mustard
5. Used Rigatoni instead of rotini

It turned out awesome! Very fresh tasting. We both gobbled it up. :)

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

I had a surplus of apples and decided to go for decadence for once (ok more than once, lol). I didn't end up adding the caramel (ran out of time), but I must say, the hubby and I will not be losing weight this week. Absolutely scrumptious and not really that much effort. It is best to make it overnight and eat it the next day. But, it does make a 13x9 pan's worth...however, it doesn't seem to be a problem for us.

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Paleo Ice Cream (Dairy-Free)

This is dessert #1 of my AIP dinner from last week. It was pretty good, but I've since found other similar recipes that include coconut milk and vanilla. But, for being a 3 ingredient dessert, the guests really enjoyed the combination of bananas, cocoa and almond butter. :)

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Proschiutto & Rosemary Wrapped Apples

We are always honored when friends drive out to our place from Denver. Last weekend, I was challenged to make an Anti-Inflammatory Paleo Dinner. I also had purchased a large box of MacIntosh apples from a neighbor, so I was excited to find this recipe. It's probably one of the best appetizers I've ever had. It's worth the extra pennies for prosciutto. :)

Mini Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

It's pumpkin season and I hosted a "Pumpkin Spice Party". I've made pumpkin mini muffins in the past, but I'm so happy I looked for another version. The recipe's claim as the best, I will have to agree. I didn't have mini chocolate chips so I used had some leftover oreo/peanut butter cup crumbles from a previous recipe. I think it made this already delicious recipe even better.

1 Hour Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

It's pumpkin season, so I hosted a "Pumpkin Spice Party". I ventured out and tried this pumpkin cinnamon roll recipe. It was good, but I will still defer to the last 1 hour cinnamon roll recipe I posted--so far it remains the best. This recipe was definitely easy and fun for this time of year.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Steak Marsala

The hubby's tagged me in his cousin's post for this recipe the other day. So I decided, "why not?", I've got all of the ingredients. I substituted potatoes from our garden rather than cauliflower, used up some Pinot Grigio I had in the refrigerator and used steak cubes instead. Needless to say, the hubby LOVED it and I didn't even get to have seconds. lol

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Slow Cooker Apple BBQ Ribs

Recipe #2 countdown of my bushel-full of Macintosh. This was an out-of-this-world recipe and thank goodness it was in the crockpot because we ended up having an extra busy, but productive day around the ranch. I used onions from the garden as well as applesauce from the Yellow Transparent apples. I added potatoes to the bottom (also from the garden) and garlic & pepper, for a well rounded meal. Probably one of the best rib recipes I've had in a while. :)

Apple Oat Greek Yogurt Muffins

I was recently given a bushel of Macintosh apples. I've been letting them ripen but am now starting to need to use them. So, just like zucchini and pumpkin, I will be looking for a month long stretch of apple recipes. Today, managed to find the first 2. This recipe is fairly healthy as far as muffins go. I didn't have whole wheat pastry flour, so I used regular flour instead. I also used homemade applesauce (from my last batch of Yellow Transparent apples). Really great recipe for breakfast muffins. [I used 2 apples instead for a chunkier muffin and omitted the raisins.]

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Copycat Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana

I have a freezer full of kale, chard and zucchini; I also have boxes of potatoes--blessings of the garden harvest. I don't think I've actually eaten the Olive Garden version, but the ingredients were perfect to give it a try. Oh man! I am super glad I tried this one. The ingredients sounded good, but when you put it all together it's Amazing! I did make a few changes: I used chicken thighs instead of sausage, added some lemon juice and used Arrowroot instead of cornstarch, and opted for the kale. I think next time I'll ad quinoa or rice, otherwise this is one really worth a go.

Pumpkin Pie Crunch

I saw this recipe last week and couldn't get it off my mind. I finally got the opportunity to try it last night. This is one that will blow your mind considering how easy it was to make. The only way to serve/eat this is hot from the oven over ice cream. It felt like Thanksgiving had come early. Sooooo yummy. It does make a whole 13x9, so I suggest freezing or having guests over. :)

Monday, October 2, 2017

Slow Cooker Gumbo

We had just enough okra from our garden to make a nice big pot of gumbo. I added some tiny potatoes and tomatoes from the garden as well as chicken broth, salt and rotel. Now I don't have to cook for the week. lol

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Ahi Tuna

Friday nights are date night, which is usually stay home, cook a higher end dinner and watch a movie. This week, the hubby bought ahi tuna steaks. This marinade was so delicious. I added a little pepper and we had Beet and Russian Kale With Goat Cheese (a recent addition to our household recipes) on the side instead. I added some rice to the rice cooker. Thumbs up!

Refrigerator Bread and Butter Pickles

The hubby surprised me with pickles from the garden this weekend. I was excited because I forgot to make myself some bread and butter pickles. [I'm not a fan of dill pickles--the hubby loves both.] Once again, I love this recipe because I don't have to can them. I find that I can get crispier pickles when I don't have to give them a canner bath in boiling water and don't have to add extra preservatives. I really like the recipes from BrownEyedBaker and this one was just as great! I did end up adding cloves and a little bit of garlic. I also liked that it had turmeric as one of the ingredients. Now, I just need to order one of those cool wavy slicers that she used. :)

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

The last of the zucchini came in this weekend. The sweets are getting low, so I popped this in the oven. I decided to cut the recipe in half and used 2 bread pans. Silly me forgot the walnuts, but I think next time I'll also add chocolate chips. This recipe uses coconut oil, so I had to make sure the eggs were room temperature and ran the mixing bowl under hot water to keep the oil from hardening too quickly. Definitely a good snack. :)

Friday, September 22, 2017

Zucchini (No) Crab Cakes

I got the inspiration to use Old Bay in Zucchini fritters a couple of years ago from my mother-in-law in North Carolina. Unfortunately, I forgot to save the recipe, so I looked up a similar version. It just wasn't as good this time. Then (after the fact), I looked up a few others and decided I'll try again. Posting the one I tried first, then the one I'll try next second. I think I will also add fresh chopped onions and fresh garlic also.

Italian Zucchini Bread

Oh wow--probably one of my new favorite savory breads, and no yeast! I didn't take into account the elevation and density of the bread. It actually took about 1.5 hours to bake, so it didn't get out in time for dinner. When the hubby tasted it, he said, "it needs marinara". Noted for next time. I actually think I'll put it in a 13x9 jelly roll pan or baking dish and make breadsticks or make muffins. It didn't seem like a traditional loaf pan was the right dish for this recipe. Since then I've found more recipes in this category with zucchini. Can't wait to try more. :)

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Sweet and Spicy Zucchini Refrigerator Pickles

Thanks to a friend of a friend who suggested zucchini pickles. Can't wait to deliver a jar to her! This was such an unusual recipe with tumeric and mustard that I was skeptical. I made them 2 days ago, but already the flavor is out of this world! This is like no pickle you've ever tasted---and if you had, can you please share with me? :)  Thank you Vera for the inspiration. Definitely going to make again next year. The bonus is that you don't have to get the canner out. Just spend a few dollars on wide mouth canning jars. :)

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Pumpkin Zucchini Muffins

I know it's still another 4 days until fall, but I have zucchini that's ready now. I decided it was time to break out the pumpkin recipes. I made this recipe twice (rather than doubling), but the second time, I forgot the baking powder and baking just turned out really dense but I guess it's all for me since I wouldn't share it with anyone else--too embarrassing. Oh darn lol. ;)

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Banana Bread

It's that time of year. Between the months of July-September, I post all the latest zucchini recipe finds that I can come up with. Even after all that, I still end up with a freezer full of shredded and chopped squash. We are blessed to have such a lush garden. This is a great twist on traditional banana bread and with the chocolate chips, you could probably get the kids to eat it.

Chicken Avocado Lime Soup

The hubby bought a bag of limes last week, so I've had to figure out what to do with them. Although margaritas come to mind, I decided to first (re-)make Salsa Verde (Green Chili), then made Green Chili Breakfast Burrito Casserole and tonight Chicken Avocado Lime Soup. I added black beans, corn, and green chili.  I served it with tortillas, sour cream and shredded cheese. Definitely a good one for a cold night. :)

Salsa Verde (Green Chili)

I used a couple of different recipes just for spice options, but this recipe is almost entirely mine. This is our first year growing a variety of peppers. One day, the hubby brought in hatch, serano, tomatillo and a couple more I can't remember. So I decided to just roast it all (for 20 minutes at 400 degrees) and throw it in the food processor. I added lime juice, a bit of salt, cumin and onions; next time I might add cilantro. The hubby said it was the BEST green chili he's EVER had. :) It was also nice and easy for me to not have to separate the peppers. I ended up using it for Green Chili Breakfast Burritos and Chicken Avocado Lime Soup.


Green Chili Breakfast Burrito Casserole

The second round of peppers came in from the garden and the request was for breakfast burritos with green chili for dinner. I loosely used the recipe below for guidance. I used ham instead of sausage, and added tomatoes and mushrooms. Served with homemade salsa, guac, shredded cheese and sour cream. According to the hubby, I could make this over and over and he'd never get tired of it. I'd say it was a success :)

Friday, September 15, 2017

Pichuberry and Blueberry Flaugnarde

Tonight was a 2-for-1 special on learning cool new foods and desserts.

1. The hubby bought "Golden Berries" (at Sprouts), also known as "Cape Gooseberries", also known as "Pichuberries"--grown in Columbia. Of course I looked at Pinterest and found a new french dessert that I couldn't pronounce.  Again, google helped me with that one--Flaugnarde. Not only is it fun to say, it's EASY and delicious! There is a strawberry version that I would try if he bought them again. Note when buying them from the store, get 2 containers (=2 cups). I used a deep dish pie plate, but now have a good excuse to shop for a (1 piece) tart pan. :)

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Bacon Cheddar Ranch Pinwheels

I don't like to waste food, and I had some extra tortillas to use up. We had a BBQ with friends so I decided to use them as my pinwheel guinea pigs. There are literally hundreds of pinwheel ideas on pinterest and I might end up making several more in the next couple of weeks, but this was a good starter, especially for a crowd. I actually had a hard time sharing because they were so delicious. I used the advice of the reviews and used 1/4 of a dry ranch packet instead of liquid ranch dressing. Also used larger shredded sharp cheddar cheese, but it didn't seem to affect the flavor (maybe even improved it). Hoping to try/blog more soon!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Baked Potato Soup

The potatoes are starting to come in from the garden! I was craving baked potato soup, so I found this recipe on Pinterest. I used it loosely and probably didn't really need a recipe, but it was a nice reference point. I often review several recipes for the same dish to see what I want to incorporate into mine. I ended up adding peas (also from the garden), shredded cheeses (leftover Queso, Sharp Cheddar and Mexican blends), cream of mushroom, fresh mushrooms, salt and pepper, omitted the butter, flour and heavy cream, and doubled the sour cream. Of course the hubby had to add Franks ;) So delicious!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Crockpot Taco Chili with ground Yak meat

A couple of weeks ago I hosted a get-together with a baked potato bar. I'm a big fan of chili on things--baked potato, hot dogs, fritos and even cinnamon rolls. :) Our neighbors at Deja Moo Farms raise and sell yak which is a deliciously lean alternative to beef. I decided to make taco chili which turned out to be a super duper idea. This was definitely a recipe that needed a slow, all day simmer in the crockpot to get all the flavors to meld together. I could make it every week, it was so yummy.

Chocolate Zucchini Brownies

It's the month of Zucchini and I always get excited to see what Pinterest has for me each year. I literally started with the first and have been working my way down. This is a different version than the one I did last year (which had sour cream), but by far, my favorite way to "sneak" zucchini into a recipe. I ended up adding walnuts for the PERFECT brownie. I could probably make this one every week--but it's a tough one to share and calories aren't my friend. :)

Lemon Blueberry Zucchini Bread

It's the month of Zucchini and I always get excited to see what Pinterest has for me each year. I literally started with the first and have been working my way down. This was one of my favorites. I even forgot to put in baking powder and baking soda the first time, but still enjoyed the zingy, albeit dense, bread. If you ask me, there is nothing like the flavor of blueberries and lemon in a sweet bread. I'm planning to try it again this weekend, because, of course, I have much more zucchini to experiment with. [You know it's a good one when the neighbors make it too ;) ]

Cheesy Chicken Zucchini Casserole

It's the month of Zucchini and I always get excited to see what Pinterest has for me each year. I literally started with the first and have been working my way down. Per the hubby's request, I added chicken as well as little bit of kale for more color/vitamins. This was definitely a keeper "comfort food". :)

Cinnamon Swirl Zucchini Bread

It's the month of Zucchini and I always get excited to see what Pinterest has for me each year. I literally started with the first and have been working my way down. This was a fun one. I ended up using my mini loaf pan to serve as individual mini breads. It had a coffee-cake taste to it. I think next time I'll add walnuts. Another scrumptious recipe. So far no throw aways this year. :)

Butterscotch Zucchini Brownies

It's the month of Zucchini and I always get excited to see what Pinterest has for me each year. I literally started with the first and have been working my way down. This one turned out more like a cake for me. It didn't take away from the sinfully delicious flavor though. The hubby gobbled it up and I was tempted to make more, but so many recipes, so little time. ;)

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Stuffed Hungarian Wax Peppers

Today was a big harvest day which included a handful of Hungarian Wax peppers. This was our first year growing them, so I perused Pinterest for ideas. I ended up just going for the first recipe that popped up. So glad I did. Wax peppers have a different, milder flavor, but were good when combined with the ingredients in this recipe. I didn't have farmer's or ricotta cheese, so I used shredded queso. I think next time I'll use goat cheese. This one would be fun for a party, combined with jalpenos for a pretty yellow and green plate of poppers.

Rhubarb Barbeque Sauce

I decided to use the other 20 stalks of rhubarb that my neighbor friend gave me to make something different. The bread was good, but I came across this recipe for BBQ sauce on Pinterest. I cooked it in the crockpot all day so it could thicken up. Then I used the immersion blender to puree it. Taste test--everyone in the house said "Wow!". This stuff is amazing! It turned out really spicy; I think between black pepper, cayenne, and jalepenos, it packed a big kick. I can't wait to get our hogs back from processing so I can make some pulled pork and add it to a sandwich. [I had to cut the recipe in half. The full recipe would likely take 40 stalks. It yielded 2 pints.]

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Balsalmic Chicken with Mushrooms and Thyme

Tonight was a simple but flavor-packed recipe. I actually used chicken thighs, Balsamic-Soy, dried parsley and thyme from the garden and cooked some rice in the rice cooker. It was a delicious "just right" healthy meal.

Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles

This is probably the shortest ingredient list I've ever seen in a recipe--2! Actually, I added an extra ingredient because I only had plain greek yogurt. I used a few tablespoons of strawberry preserves and thawed out some frozen strawberries I had from the last sale. The hubby inspired me to buy Popsicle molds on Amazon after I discovered he had a pop-ice addiction and watching him buy creamsicles over and over at the store. The first popsicles I made were leftover Red White and Blue Cheesecake Salad. I just put it in the blender and then poured into the molds. HUGE hit with the hubby and now has set a precedent for our freezer stock ;)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Instant Pot Balsamic Pork Tenderloin

Unfortunately, we don't have our own pork yet...just a few more weeks. This one came from Sprouts, but it turned out good. I browned it in the electric pressure cooker, then added brussel sprouts, onions and sweet potatoes. The sauce was amazing--sort of a sweet and tangy combination. The bonus was that we discovered brussel sprouts and sweet potatoes are MEANT for this recipe! Wow! So yummy and healthy and done in 45 minutes. :)

Lemon Basil Chicken

I was so excited to make this recipe. We harvested lemon basil from the garden for the first time. I used this recipe, added kale instead of spinach and ended up using chicken thighs instead of breasts. I paired it with cheesy broccoli rice (at the hubby's request). This was one of the most flavorful pan recipes we've had in a while. Definitely keeping lemon basil in the repertoire.

Carrot Zucchini Apple Bread

My dear neighbor and friend posted this recipe to my wall and I decided to make it for our women's group yesterday. I used zucchini from the garden and some apples and carrots I had in the fridge. I ended up adding orange extract to the cream cheese frosting and sprinkled it with pecans. This was probably one of the best sweet breads I've ever made and eaten. Needless to say, it was a big hit with the group. Thankfully, this recipe made 2 loaves so the hubby had a chance to eat some too :)

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Flourless Chocolate Cake (Gluten Free with the option of Dairy Free)

I had the honor of being asked to make a neighbor friend a gluten-free birthday cake for her. I was a little nervous as this was my first g-free cake. I was pleasantly surprised with the results, but then again, ganache makes everything better. ;) I opted for real butter, used semi-sweet chocolate chips, dark chocolate cocoa, sugar (rather than honey) and sweetened chocolate almond milk (for the ganache). Really pleased with the results. I didn't really need to change it at all, other than, due to altitude (6400ft), I had to cook it about 10 minutes longer. I got the thumbs up from the neighbor and her family/friends. Thank you Pinterest!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Honey Garlic Chicken Stir Fry (Pressure Cooker)

I very loosely followed this recipe. I forgot the ketchup and sesame oil, opted for black pepper rather than red pepper flakes, added orange juice, used arrowroot instead of cornstarch, and added orange cauliflower, carrots, green beans, celery, green onions after browning the chicken. I also added a little bit of chicken broth. I used a rice cooker for the rice. The flavor was incredible! And the sauce thickened up nicely under pressure in 12 minutes. Again, a practically effortless, thumbs up meal!